We aim to support LKE school in their efforts to build a program that educates our students and community about cultural diversity, teaches them how to appreciate cultural differences and promotes pride in their own cultural heritage.
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PTO - Cultural Diversity Chair
Cultural Diversity Survey for 2022-23
We want to learn more about the cultural diversity we have represented at Lakewood Elementary School. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and tell us more:
Due to Covid restrictions we are unable to enter the school so our options for contributing towards cultural diversity are limited this year. But we have found an excellent partner in the library staff and are able to assist them in enriching their cultural diversity offerings by providing ideas, props, script or books etc. for the broadcast videos for 'Holiday Celebrations' and 'All Around the World Express' (see below for details). We also plan to host three cultural diversity rooms in LKE’s spring carnival in April 2022.
Cultural Diversity Initiatives at LKE (2021-22)
‘Holiday Express’ - 2021 December (16th and 17th)
PTO’s Cultural diversity team assisted the library staff (Mrs. Fee & Ms. Marci) to host the ‘Holiday Express’ at the Library. The entire library was converted into a train station with six ‘stops’. Each stop showcased a different holiday around the world - Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Lunar New Year, Eid and Kwanzaa. As the students entered the library they got “train tickets” with the six “stops”. At each station the students were presented with items (toys, decorations, books etc.) that are typically used in that holiday. There was a corresponding short video (playing on an iPad) with a student explaining what each item meant and how it was utilized during the celebration.
Here are the videos that were played for the students -
Some pictures from the event
Holidays celebrated at LKE
PTO’s cultural diversity team supplied props, script, coloring sheets and suggested names of students willing to participate in a broadcast video showcased in the morning broadcast during the holiday. The maker space at the library was stocked with coloring sheets corresponding to the holiday being celebrated.
Indian Festival of Lights
Five days of Diwali: 2-Nov-2021 through 6-Nov-2021
Jewish Festival of Lights
Eight days of Hanukkah: 28-Nov-2021 through 6-Dec-2021
Video Link - Hanukkah 2021
Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus
Video Link - Christmas 2021
Lunar/Chinese New Year
Asian Spring Festival
Sixteen days of the Lunar New Year: 31-Jan-2022 through 15-Feb-2022.
Video Link - Lunar New Year 2022
Islamic festival marking the end of Ramadan (month long fasting)
2-May-2022 & 3-May-2022
Video Link - Eid/Ramadan 2022
FEBRUARY 2022 - Black history Month Celebrations at LKE
LKE Library in collaboration with the PTO, celebrated Black History Month in February by decorating the library and providing black history month themed crafts to the students in the maker space. Mrs. Fee also set out books by African American Authors that fit the theme. Here are a few glimpses:
Cultural Rooms @ Spring Carnival
The Cultural Diversity team hosted three cultural rooms at the Lakewood Spring Carnival at the school. Each room had games and crafts particular to that region.
India Room featured a very popular Indian game - Carrom and a craft table where kids could create rangoli patterns and decorate Diya's.
Asia Room featured a well-loved Vietnamese game Bầu Cua Tôm Cá and for craft kids created paper tiger and lanterns.
Eastern Europe Room featured the very popular game Hockey which was improvised (for safety reasons) to use pool noodles as hockey sticks. The craft particular to Balkan countries was creating Martentisa with evil eye beads.
- Thursday, October 5
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- Friday, October 13
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